Ethics Committees in Home Health Agencies

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  • P. Elizabeth Abel

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    1. Department of Systems Nursing, College of Nursing, University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina.
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Abstract

Home health care providers are increasingly faced with ethical dilemmas. Advancing technology, fiscal allocation guidelines, and patients requiring more complex care influence the delivery of services. Nurses providing home health care frequently must practice independently, and the possibility that they may not be adequately prepared in ethical decision making compounds the problem. As was the case in hospitals a decade ago, it is time to develop ethics committees in home health care agencies.

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